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Jaegee 01-24-2013 04:33 PM

Light Fixture won't turn on
 
I did search this site and Google, apologizes if the answer is located here and I wasn't able to find it.

I moved into a home and had a bathroom fixture that was the long 8 bulb typical light fixture. I removed it and installed a new fixture I bought at a hardware store.

I did this to two bathrooms, the first one worked fine. But the master bath now has an issue. When I try to turn on the light fixture it does not turn on. The old light fixture worked fine and I verified that the black/white/ground wires are all connected properly, I even re-connected them 3 times and tested, but nothing.

Any ideas on how I can get the light fixture working? The switch that connects the fixture has 2 different switches on it, the other one works fine and turns on an overhead light in the ceiling.

Full disclosure I'm really bad at DIY stuff, I did give myself a jolt when installing the master bath light fixture which caused the breaker to trip. I turned the breaker switch off and fully back on, but still not receiving a working light fixture.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks so much.

joecaption 01-24-2013 04:42 PM

Got a meter? Need to first check to see if your getting power to the fixture.

Jaegee 01-24-2013 06:41 PM

I'll pick one up tomorrow. I did get shocked by the wires, wouldn't that tell me it has power? :)

parman 01-24-2013 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Jaegee (Post 1101242)
I did get shocked by the wires, wouldn't that tell me it has power? :)

You HAD power at one point. You got shocked and tripped the breaker. You reset the breaker. That does not automatically mean you have power once again.

BTW. It takes less than 1 amp to kill you. the smallest breaker you have in your panel is 15A. You do the math. The breakers are not there to save your live if you become part of the circuit. You got lucky the breaker even tripped.

Did you happen to trip a GFI receptacle in the process? Have you checked your GFI receptacles to see if they are tripped?

MCB 01-24-2013 09:36 PM

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Did you happen to trip a GFI receptacle in the process? Have you checked your GFI receptacles to see if they are tripped?
Easy and a good idea...This is a popular one, although generally its just controlling other receptacles, it COULD be powering up the light.:eek:

and check that breaker one more time by turning it all the way off and then all the way back on again.

Jaegee 01-24-2013 10:33 PM

That is a good idea, I did check all of them and they all seem to be fine. None of them are popped out.

I'll look to buy one of those meters tomorrow and then test the connection.

I'll report back then, thanks for the help and suggestions everyone.

Jaegee 01-27-2013 04:52 PM

Hey everyone, I was able to get the light fixture fixed yesterday and wanted to post a follow-up for future people that may also need help.

As a disclaimer from my previous post, I am a complete novice and shouldn't do any electrical work ever again. Note: shocked by wires earlier in the process.

The advice here was great, I borrowed my dad's electric meter and noticed 1) that there was no power being generated by the wires
2) I then went to the switch and swapped switches with a working one.
3) I tested the power again and I got a signal that there was now power coming through to the fixture.
4) the problem was a faulty switch, so I swapped it out, installed it all again, tested power, it all checked out good.
5) reinstalled fixture, put on bulbs, and have a working light fixture now.

Full disclosure: I gave myself a shock earlier in this process (see posts above). When I was going to swap the switches I was unscrewing the switch (power still on) and the screwdriver must have touched something that had a charge because sparks flew out from the switch. Power was then turned off and I finished the steps above.

Question for you pros (or just those with more experience than me), what do you think caused the sparks, when I shocked myself earlier, did it create a build up of electricity in the switch that caused the breaker to trip and was released when the screwdriver was unscrewing the switch? That may help other people that may read this thread.

As for me, I think I'll find a good electrician in the area for anything more than changing light bulbs :)

Thanks for the help everyone! :thumbsup:

mbryan 01-27-2013 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Jaegee
Question for you pros (or just those with more experience than me), what do you think caused the sparks, when I shocked myself earlier! :thumbsup:

Um...
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Originally Posted by Jaegee
power still on

You did something to complete the circuit. Be it touching a ground or neutral or box or...

danpik 01-28-2013 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Jaegee (Post 1103431)
Full disclosure: I gave myself a shock earlier in this process (see posts above). When I was going to swap the switches I was unscrewing the switch (power still on) and the screwdriver must have touched something that had a charge because sparks flew out from the switch. Power was then turned off and I finished the steps above.


Next time turn off the power first.

This stuff will kill you and it will hurt real bad the whole time it is doing it.


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